Richard Blankenship, LPC, NCC, CPCS, CBTS, CSRRS is the clinical and administrative director for the Capstone Center for Counseling, DBT & Relational Trauma and the Capstone Center for Sexual Recovery & Transformation; a program for male addicts, female addicts, spouses/partners of sex addicts, couples in recovery, and services for children & adolescents. Richard is one of the founders of the International Association of Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists (IACSAS) where he served as president for 13 years, and a founding board member of the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) where he served for over 4 years. He developed the first graduate course to be taught on sexual addiction along with a colleague and guest lectures in a variety of University level courses. Richard is a frequent guest on Atlanta area radio & television programs dealing with sexual addiction, spouses/families of addicts, and domestic violence. He is the author of the LIFE Guide for Young Men, and a Journey Through Secrets. He is the co-author of Spouses of Sex Addicts: Hope for the Journey (book & workbook) and the LIFE Guide for Couples.
Richard holds two masters degrees; an M.Ed. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an M.A. From Harding University Graduate School. Richard is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with the state of Georgia, a nationally certified counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors, a certified clinical hypnotherapist (CCH), a certified clinical sexual & relational recovery specialist (CSRRS), and a certified clinical betrayal trauma specialist (CBTS) through the Addo recovery network. Richard is also a certified professional counselor supervisor (CPCS) through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia. He is married with two children and has worked with churches and counseling centers for over 25 years.
To schedule an appointment with Richard call 770-744-5055 ext. 800. Richard@capstoneatlanta.com.
Sonya Kennedy, LPC earned her M.A. in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University where she was trained clinically and learned how to integrate theology into counseling. Sonya is a family counselor working with all ages and stages of life. She works with children, adolescents, individuals, singles, divorcees, premarital, marital, and families in regards to various life issues. Sonya is trained as a stepfamily specialist. Sonya obtained a specialization working with children and adolescents.
A particular focus is depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, OCD and ADHD where she helps clients learning to deal with their illness through various coping skills as well as making changes and improvements in their daily lives. Using therapeutic interventions with a strong focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Sonya offers Intensive Outpatient Therapy for Individuals and Couples. Sonya has training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and incorporates this into her counseling. Sonya builds therapy for each individual’s needs. Utilizing her strong faith in God, Sonya helps clients recognize and use their faith as a basis for positive change and growth. Sonya feels called to this ministry and feels privileged to come alongside others. Sonya sees clients at our Dunwoody and Cumming locations. Click here for a video of Sonya sharing about her work. For an appointment with Sonya call 770-744-5055 ext.803.
Dr. Janice Stevens, LPC, NCC, CCPS, CBTS, CCSAS specializes in working with spouses/partners of sex addicts. She is an experienced group leader and therapist and is a certified clinical partner specialist with the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS.) Dr. Stevens understands and works extensively with the trauma experienced by partners of people with sexual infidelity issues. She is a part of the Capstone Sexual Recovery & Transformation program.
Dr. Stevens obtained her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a nationally certified counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors. She is a certified clinical sexual addiction specialist (CCSAS) with the International Association of Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists. Dr. Stevens is also a certified clinical partner specialist (CCPS) with the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) and a certified clinical betrayal trauma specialist (CBTS) with the Addo recovery network. Janice currently enjoys traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Dr. Stevens has an extensive background in the field of school counseling where she worked with adolescents in individual, small group, and classroom settings. She also has considerable experience working with parents of adolescents, helping them develop a clear direction of how to guide their children through the difficult adolescent years. Her professional experience has helped Dr. Stevens develop knowledge, insight, and sound helping skills in order to better serve her clients in the counseling setting. Janice works with couples, individuals, and therapy groups. She sees clients at our Dunwoody location. Click here for a video of Dr. Stevens sharing about her work. You can also connect with Dr. Stevens on Psychology Today or LinkedIn. In order to schedule an appointment with Janice, call 770-744-5055 ext. 804.
Sunamita Tuple, LPC is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia. Sunamita received a bachelor degree in Psychology from Emory University, a Master’s degree (1998) and Specialist in Education degree (2000), both in professional counseling, from Georgia State University and a Master degree in Christian Psychological Studies with a specialization in Sex Therapy (2005) from Richmont University. Sunamita is also a certified Prepare/Enrich counselor.
Sunamita has experience working in a hospital based setting as well as out-patient and private practice settings providing individual, group, couples and family therapy. Sunamita is passionate about relationship and family counseling, the important role that spirituality plays in our lives, women’s issues, issues of identity development and growth, self esteem, professional development, and adjustment and life transitions.
Sunamita’s areas of expertise include depression and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders and stress management, addiction, dual diagnosis, sex therapy, issues of co-dependence, issues of communication and boundaries, and grief and loss.
“I believe, in each of us, there is an inherent need to be understood and accepted. I believe psychotherapy involves building a caring relationship in which clients feel safe and at ease. My goal for our time together is to help you better understand yourself, understand patters behind the choices you make and equip you with coping skills that will enable you to more effectively deal with life stressors. Sunamita sees clients at our Dunwoody and Marietta locations. To schedule an appointment with Sunamita call 770-744-5055 ext. 810.
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Amanda Dance, APC earned her M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her previous work as a Children’s Ministry Director and Director of Instruction, Amanda gained extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families with various issues—including ADHD, behavioral issues, self-esteem concerns, childhood traumas, and parental counseling. Amanda has found Play Therapy techniques, Solution-Focused therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to be especially helpful with her clients. While children and adolescents are a specialty for her, she enjoys assisting clients in all stages of life and those of all types including individuals and couples.
Besides her calling to help others, and spending time with her family, Amanda admits that it is her relationship with God that gives her the greatest joy. She feels blessed and privileged to assist others in their journey to mental healing.
To schedule an appointment with Amanda, call 770-744-5055 ext. 805. Amanda works under the clinical supervision of Terry Freeman, MS, MAC, LPC, CPCS.
Stephanie Weisman, MS, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH holds a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. She is also a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and a Board Certified Telemental Health Provider (BC-TMH). Stephanie did her post-grad training under the supervision of Ruby Blow, MA, LPC, NCC, CPCS. Stephanie has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has a passion for working with teenagers and adults with borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse. Stephanie has also attended several trainings relating to LGBTQIA issues, including gender transitioning. Stephanie is an approved provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Humana, Cigna, and Aetna.
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For an appointment with Stephanie call 770-744-5055 ext. 806.
Marcus Lusk MA, APC (LPC candidate), holds a Master in Arts of Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Marcus has worked with adults that have substance use disorders, including group therapy. Marcus has worked with adult men who struggle with issues including pornography and sexual addiction. In addition to his work with adults, Marcus has experience working with children and adolescence with anger issues, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety, depression, etc. Marcus has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults that have experienced physical, sexual, and emotional trauma. Marcus has experience working with male adolescents and children with autism as a secondary diagnosis.
“I have a passion to work with male adolescents and adults that deal with anger, opposition, trauma, and sexual-based issues.” I personally like to work with client’s with “tough” issues, and be the support they might not find in other places. I have a Christian-based faith, and love working with my family in Christ, as well as individuals from other faiths and beliefs.
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To make an appointment with Marcus call 770-744-5055 ext. 809 or email Marcus.Lusk@capstoneatlanta.com.
Sarah Ramsay, MA, LMFT, BC-TMH holds a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercer University, School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA and also a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies from Samford University. Sarah has experience working with adolescents, adults, families and couples in a variety of areas, including anxiety, depression, panic attacks, trauma, relationship concerns and general stress. Specifically, she has training in EMDR, a style of therapy recognized by the American Psychiatric Association that enable people to heal from the stubborn symptoms and emotional distress resulting from troubling life experiences. Sarah has training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, which primarily works to restore romantic relationships and has been found to be effective between family members as well and is a Prepare Enrich therapist for Premarital counseling. Sarah is also a board certified telemental health provider (BC-TMH) and can offer services online outside of the Atlanta area.
“I’d like to invite you to my judgement free environment to explore, learn, heal and grow. My desire is to help guide you to a life of contentment and peace. I look forward to being a part of your journey.” Sarah takes Aetna insurance and Cigna HMO, Cigna POS, and Cigna EAP. To schedule an appointment with Sarah, call 404.590.3412 ext. 808 or email at Sarah@capstoneatlanta.com.
Meghan Ready, LMFT, holds a MA in counseling from Columbia International University and a BS in psychology from North Greenville University. Meghan has experience working with adults, couples, families, adolescents and children. Meghan has worked with adults with complicated grief, secondary trauma, relational issues, and parenting difficulties. Additionally, Meghan has worked with children and adolescents dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and behavioral issues. Meghan has specialized training in working with high conflict families, children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, and children with problematic sexual behaviors.
Meghan is passionate about working with family systems and helping individuals improve their relationships with those around them, whether those relationships are child/parent relationships, romantic partnerships, or simply how one interacts with the world in general. To schedule an appointment with Meghan call 770-744-5055 ext. 814 or email at Meghan@capstoneatlanta.com.
Elissa Sanders, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in Atlanta, GA and has traveled internationally as a family life consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). She is a graduate of Spelman College, Georgia State University and Psychological Studies Institute. Ms. Sanders has worked with children and families throughout the duration of her career including ministries serving homeless women and children, community agencies, OCONUS/ CONUS military families, and church organizations. She has received certificates of excellence in service, and various awards for her work with families. Ms. Sanders embraces the use of Cognitive Behavior, Strength Based and Dialectical Behavior Therapies, along with Solution Focused Intervention, Bibliotherapy and Expressive Therapy during her therapeutic engagement. She enjoys using creativity and innovation through the arts in her practice, while believing, “When we empower ourselves with truth, nothing is impossible!”Elissa has worked extensively with military communities and families on various continents including, North America, Europe and Asia, to provide direct counseling, training and strategic plans to address issues unique to military culture including TBI, PTSD, deployment & separation, reintegration, and other family and military related stressors. Her background and training from Psychological Studies Institute (now Richmont University) enables her to integrate Christian principles for clients who want that approach.
Elissa accepts Aetna, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Humana and Tri-Care insurance.
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To schedule an appointment with Elissa call 770-744-5055 ext. 816 or email her at Elissa@capstoneatlanta.com.
Joanna Goulding, MA, CBTS is a psychotherapist who has experience working with adults, teenagers, and children (play therapy) struggling with the effects of trauma and stressful events (e.g. emotional and sexual abuse, infidelity, divorce, family conflict). She is a certified betrayal trauma specialist (CBTS) with the Addo recovery network. She also works with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, pornography/sexually acting out, substance use, behavior or conduct disorders and Insomnia. She uses evidence-based practices like Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Motivational Interviewing. She regularly incorporates creativity into therapy sessions (music, art, games, etc.). She is fluent in Spanish, and previously worked as a counselor at CETPA, the largest Hispanic Mental Health Clinic in the Southeast. She has also led relational trauma therapy and peer support groups. Her goal is to help you feel like yourself again, and live your best life!
Call 678-960-8930 today to schedule an appointment with Joanna or send her an email at Joanna@capstoneatlanta.com
Lori has specialized training in and experience with eating disorders, betrayal and relational trauma, as well as depression, anxiety and substance abuse. She is also certified as a Gottman Level 1 couples counselor. She takes a diverse therapeutic approach tailored to the wants and needs of her clients. She draws from behavioral therapies, as well as interpersonal and client-centered interventions to help her clients gain insight and implement a plan to overcome their life challenges. She also enjoys working with clients who consider faith to be an integral part of their worldview.
“I am constantly amazed at how people can live through really difficult experiences and still be determined to improve themselves and their circumstances. I strive to honor the humanity in everyone I encounter and love to help my clients identify and access their innate strengths and build on them.”
Lori sees clients at our Dunwoody and Marietta locations. To schedule an appointment with Lori, call 770-744-5055 ext. 801. Lori works under the clinical supervision of Terry Freeman, MS, MAC, LPC, CPCS.
Recovery Coaches, Pastoral Counselors
Dr. Mark Richardson, CPSAS is a pastoral counselor and life coach and founder of ucantoo publishing. He works with spiritual issues that come out in therapy, and also does recovery coaching. Mark provides a variety of coaching services for the counseling center. He does premarital counseling & coaching from a pastoral perspective and conducts many wedding ceremonies throughout the year. Mark is a leader of Capstone sexual recovery men’s groups and is a certified pastoral sexual addiction specialist (CPSAS). He holds a doctorate in Ministry, as well as a Master of Arts degree in both Christian Counseling Psychology and in Ministry. Mark is the author of Return To Innocence and 52 Days on the Wall. He has had more than twenty-five years of ministerial experience and is working as a group facilitator. Mark is married and has two sons. For an appointment with Mark call 678-520-8813. Click here for a video of Mark sharing about his work.
Elise Simpson is a graduate student actively pursuing a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) degree at Abilene Christian University. Elise, fascinated with the study of behavior and mental processes, earned a B.S. in Psychology from Kennesaw State University. She is a current member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as the Alpha Chi collegiate honor society and has served as a member of Abilene Christian University’s student council for nearly two years. Upon completion of her clinical practicum, Elise plans to become dually licensed as both a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Professional Counselor (LPC).
Elise is passionate about working with couples, parent/child/sibling systems, young adults, and adolescents (particularly those seeking Christian counsel). She incorporates techniques from Collaborative Therapy (CT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) in her work with clients, since she feels that each of these therapies serves a specific and unique purpose in the therapeutic process. Elise uses strengths-based and client-centered approaches to empower and promote confidence in clients, to instill hope in the therapeutic process, to encourage authenticity, and to cultivate trusting relationships within therapy. By utilizing these diverse methods and therapeutic approaches, she hopes to encourage spiritual, personal, and relational growth, challenge client perspectives, aid in emotion regulation, and re-stabilize individuals, couples, and families. Furthermore, she hopes that these techniques will motivate clients to have progressive, honest discussions about how and what they need to change in order to promote healthy living.
Mrs. Simpson provides therapy under the direction and supervision of Richard Blankenship, LPC, NCC, CPCS, CCPS, CCSAS, Holli Kelly-Trombley, Ph.D., LMFT, and James Morris, Ph.D., LMFT while at Capstone Center for Counseling, DBT, & Relational Trauma. To schedule an appointment with Elise, call 770-744-5055 ext. 813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa Shanklin has joined Capstone Center for Counseling, DBT, & Relational Trauma as the co-owner and Managing Director. She is a co-leader of the North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative(NFMHC) Education and Awareness working group and is the Vice-President of Legislation for the North Fulton Council PTA. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management and a minor in Business from Brigham Young University.
Lisa brings a wealth of experience she has gained from working with various organizations. She served as the President and Executive Director of the non-profit Women for Decency which is now doing business as Betrayal Trauma Recovery and gained experience working with Educate and Empower Kids, Bloom for Women, Alpharetta Psychiatric Services and many others. She founded the Georgia Coalition Against Pornography and she is the Southeast Regional Director for the National Decency Coalition. She is a member of the Safeguard Alliance and believes in collaboration and working together to help our families.
As a mother of five, Lisa enjoys spending time with her children and going to their sporting events and activities. With only the two youngest still at home, Lisa finds time to go mountain biking and hiking and enjoy time outdoors. Lisa can be reached at email@example.com or 770-744-5055.